2020-2021 Intellectual Theme: Visibility
The Cultural and Intellectual Community Council (CICC) selects the annual intellectual theme and funds related programming during the academic year. The theme for CICC sponsored programs in 2020-21 is #Visibility.
A key part of the mission at TCNJ is inclusiveness and “#Visibility is intended to promote campus-wide discussions that focus on the lived environment on campus. It is about our local community, composed of highly talented students, faculty, staff and alumni.
The summer reading text for the class of 2024 was Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Award Winning Play Sweat. In Sweat, Nottage explores issues that are front and center in American discourse through the examination of a community struggling with economic decline. While these communities are in many ways the backbone of America, their voices are not always heard.
In selecting Lynn Nottage’s Sweat as the summer reading text for the graduating class of 2024, CICC recognizes that each of our incoming students arrives with a worldview influenced by their individual lived experiences. Our students’ identities are unique and varied, yet similar in that they all likely come with some degree of privilege and pain. We hope that this shared reading will contribute to understanding, compassion, and love for one another as the class of 2024 begins this journey together. We expect students and facilitators will have meaningful conversations that bridge both disciplinary and personal divides.